They're doing some Secret Sailors' Business (aka a Quiet Little Drink) at The Orient Hotel (cnr George and Argyll Streets) around 1800hrs on 18 July, apparently to discuss having a barbeque somewhere.
June 2006 Archives
The group (two boats , Misty Blue - Ian and Sharon and Perchance) met up on Sat, with some more (Archer - Ross and Cyndie Moncrieff, Windsong - Rob and Donna Starkey plus Justin Kelleher and friend) joining later.
WIth an eye on the weather, we changed the destination for the weekend to America Bay. Mind you, that was after Misty Blue insisted on going whale watching. Obviously, the whales weren't interested in watching, despite's Ian's heroic attempt to emulate a whale rider.
On Monday the weather was much improved and one of our more adventurous souls entered the food chain - it was warmer in than out by about 10 degrees. Morning tea with the Archer team was followed by a social cheese plate and suitable beverages shared with Windsong's intrepid crew.
Summary - It was an enjoyable weekend although cool and at times a little breezy.
In an article last week in BoatingOz, my attention was drawn to a paper by the National Marine Safety Committee, proposing that:
"the monitoring of the HF (voice) distress and safety frequencies 4125, 6215 and 8291 kHz by the National Coast Radio Network, be phased out by the year 2010".
In a climate where there is some question about the viability of HF in emergencies (no one might be listening in the future), it is difficult to justify equipping new boats with HF radio to satisfy currently accepted safety standards. For Te Moana, currently considering a trip to Tasmania, renting or purchasing a satellite phone makes much more sense than installing a HF setup which might never see any use "in anger". Satellite phones have much broader application than HF radio and of course VHF radio can still be used in a local emergency setting.
Is this a case where we have a choice of desperately hanging on to something we used to have or should we accept that the world has changed and make the most of it. Any comments here? Also the form for formal comment is below.
This month's Cruising Helmsman (June - Page 62) has a comprehensive article on licensing and safety regulations around Australia. A must-read for who dare to cross state borders.
As a wry counterpart, read Alan Lucas' latest article, "Unlicensed Hypocrisy" in the June issue of AFLOAT (it is for free most boating related shops/venues, you can also read it online here).
Alfred's chef Nick Hybner entertained the troops during his First Friday cooking demonstration. It was mouthwatering, just like the buffet. Here are the First Friday recipes as well as his full presentation. And as a special bonus, the recipe for baked ham in response to a question from the audience. Well done, Nick!